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HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme

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HINARI organizational logo
Abbreviation HINARI
Formation 2001 (2001)
Founders Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley
Purpose To provide free or low-cost online access to academic journals
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
  • Biomedicine
  • Social science
Parent organization
World Health Organization
Slogan Research in Health
Website www.who.int/hinari/

HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme was set up by the World Health Organization and major publishers to enable developing countries to access collections of biomedical and health literature. There are up to 13,000 e-journals and up to 29,000 online books available to health institutions in more than 100 countries. HINARI is part of Research4Life, the collective name for four programs - HINARI (focusing on health), AGORA (focusing on agriculture), OARE (focusing on environment), and ARDI (focusing on applied science and technology).[1] Together, Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.[1]

The HINARI program, and the other programs, were reviewed for the second time in 2010 and the publishers involved have committed to continuing with it until at least 2020. HINARI has received the high honor of the Medical Library Association's 2015 Louise Darling Medal for Collection Development in the Health Sciences.[2]


In response to a call by the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and to a statement issued by Gro Harlem Brundtland the then Director General World Health Organization, HINARI was launched in July 2001 with a statement of intent from six major publishers: Blackwell Publishing, Elsevier, the Harcourt, Wolters Kluwer, Springer Science+Business Media, and John Wiley & Sons.[3] The HINARI name began as an acronym of Health Inter-Network Access to Research Initiative.[4] The use of the full name was later abandoned. The program opened for use in January 2002 with around 1,500 journals from the initial six publishers.[5] As of 2015 there are almost 200 publisher partners providing their online publications through HINARI.[6] 3,750 journal titles were accessible via HINARI in 2007.[4] Critiques of HINARI argue that the low-cost model is still too high for many institutions and journals with top impact factors are not included in some countries.[7]


Eligible categories of institutions are: national universities, professional schools (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, dentistry), research institutes, teaching hospitals and healthcare centers, government offices, national medical libraries and local non-governmental organizations.[8]


The country lists are based on four factors: Total GNI (World Bank figures), GNI per capita (World Bank figures), United Nations Least Developed Country (LDCs) List and Human Development Index (HDI).[9] In 2007 users and members of eligible institutions in 113 countries had access.[4] In 2016, the number of eligible countries, areas and territories stood at 117.[8] Some large, emerging countries including India and China are excluded by the program because their total GNI exceeds US$1 trillion.[4][5][9]

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  1. 1 2 "Our commitment to universal access to medical research § About Research4Life". The Lancet. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  2. Hickner, Andy. "MLA awards 2015 Louise Darling Medal to Yale partner HINARI". The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  3. "Publishers' Statement of Intent". HINARI. London: World Health Organization. 2001-07-09. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Sarin, R (2007). "Denying open access to published health-care research: WHO has the password?". Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics. 3 (3): 133–4. doi:10.4103/0973-1482.37403. PMID 18079573.
  5. 1 2 Harris, Siân (June–July 2007). "Training increases HINARI and AGORA benefits". Digital Divide. Research Information. Europa Science. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  6. "Partners § Publishers". HINARI. World Health Organization. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  7. Villafuerte-Gálvez, Javier; Curioso, Walter H; Gayoso, Oscar. "Biomedical Journals and Global Poverty: Is HINARI a Step Backwards?". PLoS Medicine. 4 (6). doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0040220. PMC 1896213Freely accessible. PMID 17594171.
  8. 1 2 "Eligibility". HINARI. World Health Organization. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  9. 1 2 "Criteria by which countries, areas, or territories are categorized". HINARI. World Health Organization. Retrieved 2015-04-05.

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